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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the development of transport infrastructure in Kaliningrad, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin: Trumps wants better relations with Russia


MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes that President Donald Trump would like to improve relations with Russia.

Putin said Trump aims at "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U.S.-Russian ties," adding that Moscow is ready for that "at any moment."

The Russian leader pointed at political infighting between the Democrats and the Republicans, saying it blocked any possible effort by Trump to repair the fractured ties with Russia.

Speaking at a forum of international policy experts in Sochi on Thursday, Putin said his meeting with Trump in Helsinki in July was positive even though Trump's opponents sought to use it in the political infighting. He said he and Trump had a good discussion despite policy differences.

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